Tuesday, 16 October 2012

William Shakespear

William Shakespeare was a very famous English poet and play writer. He was viewed as the greatest writer in English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. His birthday is unknown, however, we do know that he was born and baptised in Stratford-upon-Avon on the 26th of April 1564 and died at the age of 52 on the 23rd of April in 1616.
Most biographers agree that he was educated at King’s New School.  When he was 18 years old, he married Anne Hathaway, who was 26 at the time. Six months later Anne gave birth to their first child, Susanna. Almost two years later she had twins, son Hammet and daughter Judith. Unfortunately, Hammet died at the age of 11 from unknown causes. He was buried on the 11 of August 1596.
The time between 1585 and 1592 are known as Shakespears’ “lost years”, this was when the twins were born until he was mentioned as part of the London theatre scene in 1592 where there is evidence that he earned a living as an actor and play writer in London and possibly has a few produced.

By 1597, William Shakespear had published 15 out of 37 plays credited to him. By 1599, Shakespears and his business partners had built their own theater, called the Globe, on the bank of Thames River.

William Shakespear died on the 23rd of April 1616. Susanna married a physician, John Hall, in 1607, and two months before Shakespeare’s death. Judith married Thomas Quiney, a vintner. Shakespeare was buried in the chancel of the Holy Trinity Church two days after his death.

List of plays by Shakespear :

First Performed


First Printed
1590-91Henry VI, Part II1594?
1590-91Henry VI, Part III1594?
1591-92Henry VI, Part I1623
1592-93Richard III1597
1592-93Comedy of Errors1623
1593-94Titus Andronicus1594
1593-94Taming of the Shrew1623
1594-95Two Gentlemen of Verona1623
1594-95Love's Labour's Lost1598?
1594-95Romeo and Juliet1597
1595-96Richard II1597
1595-96A Midsummer Night's Dream1600
1596-97King John1623
1596-97The Merchant of Venice1600
1597-98Henry IV, Part I1598
1597-98Henry IV, Part II1600
1598-99Much Ado About Nothing1600
1598-99Henry V1600
1599-1600Julius Caesar1623
1599-1600As You Like It1623
1599-1600Twelfth Night1623
1600-01The Merry Wives of Windsor1602
1601-02Troilus and Cressida1609
1602-03All's Well That Ends Well1623
1604-05Measure for Measure1623
1605-06King Lear1608
1606-07Antony and Cleopatra1623
1607-08Timon of Athens1623
1610-11The Winter's Tale1623
1611-12The Tempest1623
1612-13Henry VIII1623
1612-13The Two Noble Kinsmen*1634

lists of shakespears poems by first line:

  • All the world's a stage
  • Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears
  • Let me not to the marriage of true minds
  • My love is as a fever, longing still
  • My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun
  • O me! what eyes hath love put in my head
  • Poor soul, the centre of my sinful earth
  • Shall I compare thee to a Summer's day
  • Tell me where is Fancy bred
  • The expense of spirit in a waste of shame
  • To be, or not to be: that is the question
  • When I do count the clock that tells the time
  • When, in disgrace with Fortune and men's eyes
  • When my love swears that she is made of truth
  • When to the sessions of sweet silent thought

List of Shakespears sonnets:

  • Sonnet 01: From fairest creatures we desire increase
  • Sonnet 02: When forty winters shall besiege thy brow
  • Sonnet 03: Look in thy glass, and tell the face thou viewest
  • Sonnet 04: Unthrifty loveliness, why dost thou spend
  • Sonnet 05: Those hours, that with gentle work did frame
  • Sonnet 06: Then let not winter's ragged hand deface
  • Sonnet 07: Lo, in the orient when the gracious light
  • Sonnet 08: Music to hear, why hear'st thou music sadly?
  • Sonnet 09: Is it for fear to wet a widow's eye
  • Sonnet 10: For shame, deny that thou bear'st love to any
  • Sonnet 11: As fast as thou shalt wane, so fast thou grow'st
  • Sonnet 12: When I do count the clock that tells the time
  • Sonnet 13: O, that you were your self! But, love, you are
  • Sonnet 14: Not from the stars do I my judgement pluck
  • Sonnet 15: When I consider every thing that grows
  • Sonnet 16: But wherefore do not you a mightier way
  • Sonnet 17: Who will believe my verse in time to come
  • Sonnet 18: Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
  • Sonnet 19: Devouring Time blunt thou the lion's paws
  • Sonnet 20: A woman's face with Nature's own hand painted
  • Sonnet 21: So is it not with me as with that muse
  • Sonnet 22: My glass shall not persuade me I am old
  • Sonnet 23: As an unperfect actor on the stage
  • Sonnet 24: Mine eye hath played the painter and hath stelled
  • Sonnet 25: Let those who are in favour with their stars
  • Sonnet 26: Lord of my love, to whom in vassalage
  • Sonnet 27: Weary with toil, I haste me to my bed
  • Sonnet 28: How can I then return in happy plight
  • Sonnet 29: When in disgrace with Fortune and men's eyes
  • Sonnet 30: When to the sessions of sweet silent thought
  • Sonnet 31: Thy bosom is endearèd with all hearts
  • Sonnet 32: If thou survive my well-contented day
  • Sonnet 33: Full many a glorious morning have I seen
  • Sonnet 34: Why didst thou promise such a beauteous day
  • Sonnet 35: No more be grieved at that which thou hast done
  • Sonnet 36: Let me confess that we two must be twain
  • Sonnet 37: As a decrepit father takes delight
  • Sonnet 38: How can my Muse want subject to invent
  • Sonnet 39: O, how thy worth with manners may I sing
  • Sonnet 40: Take all my loves, my love, yea, take them all
  • Sonnet 41: Those pretty wrongs that liberty commits
  • Sonnet 42: That thou hast her, it is not all my grief
  • Sonnet 43: When most I wink, then do mine eyes best see
  • Sonnet 44: If the dull substance of my flesh were thought
  • Sonnet 45: The other two, slight air and purging fire
  • Sonnet 46: Mine eye and heart are at a mortal war
  • Sonnet 47: Betwixt mine eye and heart a league is took
  • Sonnet 48: How careful was I, when I took my way
  • Sonnet 49: Against that time, if ever that time come
  • Sonnet 50: How heavy do I journey on the way
  • Sonnet 51: Thus can my love excuse the slow offence
  • Sonnet 52: So am I as the rich whose blessed key
  • Sonnet 53: What is your substance, whereof are you made
  • Sonnet 54: O, how much more doth beauty beauteous seem
  • Sonnet 55: Not marble, nor the gilded monuments
  • Sonnet 56: Sweet love, renew thy force, be it not said
  • Sonnet 57: Being your slave, what should I do but tend
  • Sonnet 58: That god forbid, that made me first your slave
  • Sonnet 59: If there be nothing new, but that which is
  • Sonnet 60: Like as the waves make towards the pebbled shore
  • Sonnet 61: Is it thy will thy image should keep open
  • Sonnet 62: Sin of self-love possesseth all mine eye
  • Sonnet 63: Against my love shall be, as I am now
  • Sonnet 64: When I have seen by Time's fell hand defaced
  • Sonnet 65: Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea
  • Sonnet 66: Tired with all these, for restful death I cry
  • Sonnet 67: Ah, wherefore with infection should he live
  • Sonnet 68: Thus is his cheek the map of days outworn
  • Sonnet 69: Those parts of thee that the world's eye doth view
  • Sonnet 70: That thou art blamed shall not be thy defect
  • Sonnet 71: No longer mourn for me when I am dead
  • Sonnet 72: O, lest the world should task you to recite
  • Sonnet 73: That time of year thou mayst in me behold
  • Sonnet 74: But be contented when that fell arrest
  • Sonnet 75: So are you to my thoughts as food to life
  • Sonnet 76: Why is my verse so barren of new pride?
  • Sonnet 77: Thy glass will show thee how thy beauties wear
  • Sonnet 78: So oft have I invoked thee for my Muse
  • Sonnet 79: Whilst I alone did call upon thy aid
  • Sonnet 80: O, how I faint when I of you do write
  • Sonnet 81: Or I shall live your epitaph to make
  • Sonnet 82: I grant thou wert not married to my Muse
  • Sonnet 83: I never saw that you did painting need
  • Sonnet 84: Who is it that says most, which can say more
  • Sonnet 85: My tongue-tied Muse in manners holds her still
  • Sonnet 86: Was it the proud full sail of his great verse
  • Sonnet 87: Farewell! Thou art too dear for my possessing
  • Sonnet 88: When thou shalt be disposed to set me light
  • Sonnet 89: Say that thou didst forsake me for some fault
  • Sonnet 90: Then hate me when thou wilt; if ever, now
  • Sonnet 91: Some glory in their birth, some in their skill
  • Sonnet 92: But do thy worst to steal thy self away
  • Sonnet 93: So shall I live, supposing thou art true
  • Sonnet 94: They that have power to hurt and will do none
  • Sonnet 95: How sweet and lovely dost thou make the shame
  • Sonnet 96: Some say thy fault is youth, some wantonness
  • Sonnet 97: How like a winter hath my absence been
  • Sonnet 98: From you have I been absent in the spring
  • Sonnet 99: The forward violet thus did I chide
  • Sonnet 100: Where art thou, Muse, that thou forget'st so long
  • Sonnet 101: O truant Muse, what shall be thy amends
  • Sonnet 102: My love is strengthened, though more weak in seeming
  • Sonnet 103: Alack, what poverty my Muse brings forth
  • Sonnet 104: To me, fair friend, you never can be old
  • Sonnet 105: Let not my love be called idolatry
  • Sonnet 106: When in the chronicle of wasted time
  • Sonnet 107: Not mine own fears, nor the prophetic soul
  • Sonnet 108: What's in the brain that ink may character
  • Sonnet 109: O, never say that I was false of heart
  • Sonnet 110: Alas, 'tis true, I have gone here and there
  • Sonnet 111: O, for my sake do you with Fortune chide
  • Sonnet 112: Your love and pity doth th' impression fill
  • Sonnet 113: Since I left you, mine eye is in my mind
  • Sonnet 114: Or whether doth my mind, being crowned with you
  • Sonnet 115: Those lines that I before have writ do lie
  • Sonnet 116: Let me not to the marriage of true minds
  • Sonnet 117: Accuse me thus: that I have scanted all
  • Sonnet 118: Like as to make our appetite more keen
  • Sonnet 119: What potions have I drunk of Siren tears
  • Sonnet 120: That you were once unkind befriends me now
  • Sonnet 121: Tis better to be vile than vile esteemed
  • Sonnet 122: Thy gift, thy tables, are within my brain
  • Sonnet 123: No, Time, thou shalt not boast that I do change
  • Sonnet 124: If my dear love were but the child of state
  • Sonnet 125: Were't aught to me I bore the canopy
  • Sonnet 126: O thou, my lovely boy, who in thy power
  • Sonnet 127: In the old age black was not counted fair
  • Sonnet 128: How oft, when thou, my music, music play'st
  • Sonnet 129: Th' expense of spirit in a waste of shame
  • Sonnet 130: My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun
  • Sonnet 131: Thou art as tyrannous, so as thou art
  • Sonnet 132: Thine eyes I love, and they, as pitying me
  • Sonnet 133: Beshrew that heart that makes my heart to groan
  • Sonnet 134: So, now I have confessed that he is thine
  • Sonnet 135: Whoever hath her wish, thou hast thy will
  • Sonnet 136: If thy soul check thee that I come so near
  • Sonnet 137: Thou blind fool, Love, what dost thou to mine eyes
  • Sonnet 138: When my love swears that she is made of truth
  • Sonnet 139: O, call not me to justify the wrong
  • Sonnet 140: Be wise as thou art cruel; do not press
  • Sonnet 141: In faith, I do not love thee with mine eyes
  • Sonnet 142: Love is my sin, and thy dear virtue hate
  • Sonnet 143: Lo, as a careful huswife runs to catch
  • Sonnet 144: Two loves I have, of comfort and despair
  • Sonnet 145: Those lips that Love's own hand did make
  • Sonnet 146: Poor soul, the centre of my sinful earth
  • Sonnet 147: My love is as a fever, longing still
  • Sonnet 148: O me! what eyes hath love put in my head
  • Sonnet 149: Canst thou, O cruel, say I love thee not
  • Sonnet 150: O from what power hast thou this powerful might
  • Sonnet 151: Love is too young to know what conscience is
  • Sonnet 152: In loving thee thou know'st I am forsworn
  • Sonnet 153: Cupid laid by his brand and fell asleep
  • Sonnet 154: The little Love-god lying once asleep

  • -Alison

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